Content posted in July 2011
How Do We Engineer Autos for 54.5 MPG?
Wolfe's Den 7/29/2011
Lighter automotive materials and hybrid engines are two engineering approaches towards meeting the Obama administration's goal of 54.5 mpg CAFE standards for automakers by 2025.
Design Tool Sector Soars
CAD/CAM Corner 7/27/2011
The product lifecycle management (PLM) and design tool sector has returned to peak growth levels, according to a new CIMdata report.
Embedded Multicore Goes Mainstream
Multicore designs of four or more processors on a single chip are cheap enough for embedded and industrial applications, but not all multicore processors are appropriate for the task.
Design Apps Hit the iPad
CAD/CAM Corner 7/25/2011
While we're starting to see a steady stream of design-oriented apps for the iPad and other mobile devices, the majority remain focused on simple viewing and collaboration functions.
Convert Garbage to Electricity at Home
Gadget Freak 7/22/2011
Trevor Nestor built a gasifier out of some steel cans and camping pans. The basic idea of a gasifier is that you burn wood, trash, or other unwanted organic items in an environment low on oxygen.
3D Systems Acquires Alibre
CAD/CAM Corner 7/22/2011
Alibre and 3D Systems believe the combination of CAD and 3D printer technology will democratize 3D printing and bring affordable solutions to students, engineering hobbyists, and the growing maker community.
Local Motors Shifts Crowd-Sourcing Into High Gear
CAD/CAM Corner 7/21/2011
Billing itself as an open-source car company, Local Motors is challenging the traditional automotive design paradigm with a new model that leverages the collective design power of a community to "co-create" limited-run vehicles.
3D Printer Kit Ordering Woes
Guest blogger and additive manufacturing maven Todd Grimm describes the sometimes frustrating process of ordering a kit to produce three-dimensional parts from common plastics.
Old Tires & Soy Seed Ford's Gaskets
Engineering Materials 7/20/2011
Ford continues its leadership in development of natural automotive materials with use of recycled tires and soy oil to make seals and engine gaskets.
Terrafugia Transition Inches Closer to Flight
CAD/CAM Corner 7/18/2011
The so-called flying car reached another milestone, having been granted key exemptions by government safety agencies that were critical due to the engineering challenges around a dual-purpose design.
The Case of the Jumping Gyro
Sherlock Ohms 7/14/2011
A remote-controlled underwater vehicle had a heading servo referenced to a gas-rate gyro, which had a trimmable dc offset. Every once in a while, the heading took a jump of 10 to 15 degrees.
ANSYS Acquires Apache Design Solutions
CAD/CAM Corner 7/14/2011
With its $310 million acquisition of Apache Design Solutions, ANSYS is poised to deliver more of a systems-level approach to integrated circuit design, delivering simulation capabilities from initial IC prototyping to system signoff and design.
Final Shuttle Flight Creates Opportunity
Guest Blogs 7/13/2011
Watching the space shuttle Atlantis take flight invoked a sense of optimism that it opens up an opportunity to build even better spacecraft that are more affordable, better integrated, better manufactured, and better supported.
CATIA Revision Supports Functional Mockups
CAD/CAM Corner 7/12/2011
New systems engineering functions in CATIA V6R2012, along with a partnership with aerospace giants EADS and Astrium, are propelling Dassault Systèmes's emerging vision of a Functional Digital Mock-Up (FDMU).
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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